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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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FAUR, n., v. Also fa'(a)r. Sc. forms of Eng. favour. See P.L.D. § 70.1.

I. n. As in Eng., favour, good looks.Abd. 1860 Banffshire Jnl. (28 Feb.) 2:
It wasna thy faur, tho' thou beauteous art That lichtit his bricht burnin' flame.

II. v. Ppl.adj. faur(e)d, faurt, favoured as regards looks, appearance or demeanour, featured, only in combs. with Ill-, Weel-, q.v., better-, best-, bonny-, waur-, etc. Also †purpose fa'ard, to the purpose, appropriate to the occasion.Sc. 1816 Scott Antiquary xx.:
Cauna ye bid me gang to the deevil at ance, Mr Lovel? it wad be mair purpose fa'ard than to speak o' Heaven in that impatient gate.
Kcd. 1850 W. Jamie Gleanings 147:
Whilome the sangs o' Scottish Bard, Were praised as sweet, an' bonny far'd.

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